Up Close with the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph

Two-tone aesthetics and uncompromising craftsmanship merge into a contemporary, sporty and edgy timepiece

How do you improve on a timeless, proven design that has become the default for centuries? Something like the classic round watch. For Audemars Piguet, the answer lies in the Manufacture’s youngest collection: Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet . Making its debut in 2019, the collection quickly made a name for itself through a range of unique features, including its three-piece-case design—which includes the bezel, caseback and an octagonal case middle—and its double curved sapphire crystal.

And by way of example, we invite you to take a closer look at the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph (Ref. 26393NR.OO.A002KB.01).

The most eye-catching feature of the watch is the two-toned aesthetic. The 41mm case combines an 18K pink gold bezel, lugs and caseback with a black ceramic octagonal case middle. Moving inward, the smoked grey dial featuring a vertical satin-finished base is complemented by touches of pink gold, including applied hour markers, the borders of the chronograph subdials and the three hands. The date window, meanwhile, is tucked in between 4 and 5 o’clock.

The aforementioned details are showcased through the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet’s famed double-curved sapphire crystal. The unique curvature of this arched crystal plays with depth, perspective and light, thereby changing the way the dial appears depending on the angle at which it’s being viewed.

Last but not least, the watch is fastened to the wrist by way of a black-rubber coated strap with an 18K pink gold buckle.

More than just the sum of its parts, the Code 11.59 by Audemars Piguet Selfwinding Chronograph is a truly captivating timepiece. From the contrast between deep black and pink gold to the unique plays of light created by the smoked dark gray dial and the double curved sapphire crystal, this watch manages to present a captivating take on the most classic forms in haute horlogerie.